Prescott Arizona Fishing, Fly Fishing

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Fishing

There are plenty of opportunities to fish in the Prescott area. And with most of the lakes within a short drive of the downtown, it couldn’t be more convenient.

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  • There are several lakes located within minutes of downtown Prescott. 
  • The local lakes are all stocked with fish – you can fish from the shore or rent a kayak or canoe and fish from the lake. 
  • Don’t miss out on the Prescott fishing – be sure to get your fishing permit in order to partake!

Where should I go fishing?

Goldwater Lake
This 15-acre lake off of Senator Highway is surrounded by desert brush and pinion oaks. 

  • Location: The lake is located about four miles off of Gurley Street, off of Mount Vernon Street (which becomes Senator Highway). 
  • Seasons: It is accessible year round and does not freeze in the winter. 
  • Marina/Boat Launch: There is one boat launch at the east end of the lake. 
  • Boat Restrictions: Only motors that do not use gasoline are allowed. 
  • Camping: There is no camping here at the lake. 
  • Fishing: You can fish at both the shore and in a boat. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, crappie and catfish.

Lynx Lake
Over 90,000 people visit this 55-acre lake each year. Boat rentals are available. 

  • Location: Just minutes from downtown Prescott, Lynx Lake is located about four miles off of Walker Road. 
  • Seasons: The lake is open year-round. 
  • Marina/Boat Launch: The marina is located on the northwest end of the shore. There is also a boat ramp at the southern end of the lake. 
  • Boat Restrictions: Electrically powered boat motors only, please. 
  • Camping: There are two campgrounds in the Lynx area, the Hilltop Campground Facilities and the Lynx Lake Campground Facilities. 
  • Fishing: People fish from both the shore and from within boats on the lake. It is regularly stocked with rainbow trout.

Watson Lake
380-acres of beautiful blue water make up this lake; explore among the granite boulders and outcroppings. 

  • Location: About four miles from downtown Prescott, off of Highway 89. 
  • Seasons: The lake is open year-round. 
  • Marina/Boat Launch: There are two boat launches at Watson. 
  • Boat Restrictions: Gas powered and electric powered motors are allowed, but there is a maximum 5 MPH speed limit. 
  • Camping: During the summer months there is camping. There are restrooms, showers, picnic tables, grills and fish cleaning stations. 
  • Fishing: Watson is stocked with largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill and sunfish.

Do I need a permit/license?

In order to fish, individuals 13 and up will need to have a valid fishing license, which you can get at any one of the local outdoor shops.

I am looking for a fishing guide.

Check out the list of vendors below – they can tell you everything you need to know to make your next Prescott fishing trip successful!

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